Thief thwarted despite slamming woman’s head into wall

Crime story: Below - an E-fit of the offender
Crime story: Below - an E-fit of the offender

A WOULD-BE thief tried to snatch a handbag from the grasp of a woman, slamming her head repeatedly into a wall while doing so.

The 56-year-old woman was attacked while walking along Clifton Street in Leigh at about 10.30am on Wednesday, November 12.

E-fit of violent Leigh bag snatcher

E-fit of violent Leigh bag snatcher

Police have now released an evofit of the offender and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

The woman was walking towards Preistners Way when she was confronted by the offender, who tried to snatch the handbag from her grasp leading to a tussle between the two.

During the struggle, the woman’s head was slammed into the side of a house three times. Her assailant also punched her in the face and kicked her in the chest in a vain attempt to get her to drop the bag.

The woman cried for help, causing a member of the public to run to her aid. This caused the offender to panic and let go of the bag, running off out of sight towards the Marsh playing field.

He is described as being white, in his early 20s, of a slim build and about 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a white and black jacket with a blue jumper.

Detective Constable Darren Reid said: “This woman was subjected to a sustained and violent attempt by the offender who was trying to steal her handbag.

“During the ensuing struggle, she was repeatedly slammed into the side of a wall and subjected to a barrage of blows by this desperate criminal. By any stretch of the imagination this man’s actions were brutal and violent and he needs to be caught.

“Despite the ordeal she suffered, this woman has been brave enough to work with our forensic imaging specialists to produce an accurate picture of the man who attacked her and I would ask that people look carefully at the image.

“If you think you recognise this man or perhaps see him hanging around the area then please call us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.